Sheffield speedway: Charles back Tigers to roar back after loss in Newcastle

Charles Wright - pic by Andy Garner
Charles Wright - pic by Andy Garner

Man of the moment Charles Wright is loving life as a home rider at Sheffield Tigers.

Stockport racer Wright is back in action at Owlerton tonight as Tigers face Peterborough in their opening Championship clash of the season.

And he admits he’d rather be on the home side than visiting like he has in recent years.

“Sheffield is a tough place to come to as an away rider for a number of reasons,” he said.

“They always seem to build a team with some really good riders so that’s the first difficult part about it.

“Especially last year when they won the league, their team was brilliant and nobody was going to stop them.

“But because of how fast it is, once you’re a home rider at Sheffield and you’re dialled into the track, you should have a pretty big edge over the other team.

“That’s because as an away rider you might visit a track twice a year if you’re lucky, and when it’s a track that’s so fast it can take you a few rides to get up to speed with the home riders.

“But I’m a home rider myself now and I need to be the one making the other team catch me up.

“I don’t think my scores have always reflected the way I’ve ridden at Sheffield before because of everything I’ve said.”

Wright is backing Tigers to bounce back from Sunday’s dismal defeat at Newcastle.

He said: “Peterborough have got some good riders but I think as a team overall we’re a bit stronger,” he said.

“Our aim is to win every home meeting that we’ve got and then do the best we can away.

“But it is important to start off with a win against Peterborough and because we all had some good rides last week, I’m sure we can go out there and get the job done.”

Kyle Howarth is due to return from injury for Sheffield and Jan Graversen starts his 28-day spell back with the club in place of the injured Josh Bates. He will be hoping to impress.

SHEFFIELD: Kyle Howarth, Todd Kurtz, Lasse Bjerre, Jan Graversen, Charles Wright, Jack Smith, James Shanes.

PETERBOROUGH: Scott Nicholls, Emil Grondal, Nike Lunna, Michael Palm Toft, Ulrich Ostergaard, Tom Bacon, Simon Lambert.